Bahá’í Prayers for Steadfastness



 
I magnify Thy Name, O my God, and offer thanksgiving unto Thee, O my Desire,

inasmuch as Thou hast enabled me to clearly perceive Thy straight Path,

hast unveiled Thy Great Announcement before mine eyes

and hast aided me to set my face towards the Dayspring of Thy Revelation and the Fountainhead of Thy Cause,

whilst Thy servants and Thy people turned away from Thee.
 
I entreat Thee, O Lord of the Kingdom of eternity, by the shrill voice of the Pen of Glory,

and by the Burning Fire which calleth aloud from the verdant Tree,

and by the Ark which Thou hast specially chosen for the people of Baha,

 to grant that I may remain steadfast in my love for Thee,

be well pleased with whatsoever Thou hast prescribed for me in Thy Book

and may stand firm in Thy service and in the service of Thy loved ones.

Graciously assist then Thy servants, O my God, to do that which will serve to exalt Thy Cause

 and will enable them to observe whatsoever Thou hast revealed in Thy Book.


Verily Thou art the Lord of Strength, Thou art potent to ordain whatsoever Thou willest

 and within Thy grasp Thou holdest the reins of all created things.

No God is there but Thee, the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

- Bahá'u'lláh




Glorified be Thy name, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy power that hath encompassed all created things,

and by Thy sovereignty that hath transcended the entire creation,

and by Thy Word which was hidden in Thy wisdom and whereby Thou didst create  Thy heaven and Thy earth,

 both to enable us to be steadfast in our love for Thee and in our obedience to Thy pleasure,

and to fix our gaze upon Thy face, and celebrate Thy glory.

Empower us, then, O my God, to spread abroad Thy signs among Thy creatures,

and to guard Thy Faith in Thy realm. Thou hast ever existed independently of the mention of any of Thy creatures,

and wilt remain as Thou hast been for ever and ever.

In Thee I have placed my whole confidence, unto Thee I have turned my face, to the cord of Thy loving providence I have clung,

and towards the shadow of Thy mercy I have hastened. Cast me not as one disappointed out of Thy door, O my God,

and withhold not from me Thy grace, for Thee alone do I seek.


No God is there beside Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bountiful.

Praise be to Thee, O Thou Who art the Beloved of them that have known Thee!

- Bahá'u'lláh



O Thou Whose nearness is my wish, Whose presence is my hope, Whose remembrance is my desire,

Whose court of glory is my goal, Whose abode is my aim, Whose name is my healing,

Whose love is the radiance of my heart, Whose service is my highest aspiration!

I beseech Thee by Thy Name, through which Thou hast enabled them that have recognized Thee

 to soar to the sublimest heights of the knowledge of Thee

and empowered such as devoutly worship Thee to ascend into the precincts of the court of Thy holy favors,

to aid me to turn my face towards Thy face, to fix mine eyes upon Thee, and to speak of Thy glory.


I am the one, O my Lord, who hath forgotten all else but Thee, and turned towards the Day-Spring of Thy grace,

 who hath forsaken all save Thyself in the hope of drawing nigh unto Thy court.

Behold me, then, with mine eyes lifted up towards the Seat that shineth with the splendors of the light of Thy Face.

Send down, then, upon me, O my Beloved, that which will enable me to be steadfast in Thy Cause,

so that the doubts of the infidels may not hinder me from turning towards Thee.


Thou art, verily, the God of Power, the Help in Peril, the All-Glorious, the Almighty.

- Bahá'u'lláh



O God, my God! I have turned in repentance unto Thee, and verily Thou art the Pardoner, the Compassionate.

O God, my God! I have returned to Thee, and verily Thou art the the Ever-Forgiving, the Gracious.

O God, my God! I have clung to the cord of Thy bounty, and with Thee is the storehouse of all that is in heaven and earth.

O God, my God! I have hastened toward Thee, and verily Thou art the Forgiver, the Lord of grace abounding.

O God, my God! I thirst for the celestial wine  of Thy grace,

and verily Thou art the Giver, the Bountiful, the Gracious, the Almighty.

O God, my God! I testify that Thou hast revealed Thy Cause,

 fulfilled Thy promise and sent down from the heaven of Thy grace

 that which hath drawn unto Thee the hearts of Thy favored ones.

 Well is it with him that hath held fast unto Thy firm cord and clung to the hem of Thy resplendent robe!


I ask Thee, O Lord of all being and King of the seen and unseen, by Thy power,

Thy majesty and Thy sovereignty, to grant that my name my be recorded by Thy pen of glory

among Thy devoted ones, them whom the scrolls of the sinful hindered not from turning to the light of Thy countenance,

 O prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God!

- Bahá'u'lláh
 


 
Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God!

I beseech Thee by Him Who is Thy Most Great Name,

Who hath been sorely afflicted by such of Thy creatures as have repudiated Thy truth,

and Who hath been hemmed in by sorrows which no tongue can describe,

 to grant that I may remember Thee and celebrate Thy praise, in these days when all have turned away from Thy beauty,

have disputed with Thee, and turned away disdainfully from Him Who is the Revealer of Thy Cause.

None is there, O my Lord, to help Thee except Thine own Self, and no power to succor Thee save Thine own power.


I entreat Thee to enable me to cleave steadfastly in Thy love and Thy remembrance.

This is, verily, within my power, and Thou art the One that knoweth all that is in me.

Thou, in truth, art knowing, apprised of all.

Deprive me not, O my Lord, of the splendors of the light of Thy face, whose brightness hath illuminated the whole world.

No God is there beside Thee, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving.

- Bahá'u'lláh


 
Praise be to Thee, O Lord, my Best Beloved!

Make me steadfast in Thy Cause,

and grant that I may be reckoned among those who have not violated Thy Covenant
 
nor followed the gods of their own idle fancy.

Enable me, then, to obtain  a seat of truth in Thy presence, bestow upon me a token of Thy mercy

and let me join with such of Thy servants as shall have no fear nor shall they be put to grief.

Abandon me not to myself, O my Lord, nor deprive me to recognizing Him Who is the Manifestation of Thine Own Self,

 nor account me with such as have turned away from Thy holy presence.

Number me, O my God, with those who are privileged to fix their gaze upon Thy Beauty

and who take such delight therein that they would not exchange a single moment thereof

 with the sovereignty of the kingdom of heavens and earth or with the entire realm of creation.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, in these days when the peoples of Thine earth have erred grievously;

supply me then, O my God, with that which is good and seemly in Thine estimation.

Thou art, verily, the All-Powerful, the Gracious, the Bountiful, the Ever-Forgiving.


Grant, O my God, that I may not be reckoned among those whose ears are deaf,

whose eyes are blind, whose tongues are speechless and whose hearts have failed to comprehend.

 Deliver me, O Lord, from the fire of ignorance and of selfish desire,

suffer me to be admitted into the precincts  of Thy transcendent mercy

and send down upon me that which Thou hast ordained for Thy chosen ones.

Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest. Verily, Thou art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

- The Báb




Praised and glorified art Thou, O God! Grant that the day of attaining Thy holy presence may be fast approaching.

Cheer our hearts through the potency of Thy love and good-pleasure,

 and bestow upon us steadfastness that we may willingly submit to Thy Will and Thy Decree.

Verily, Thy knowledge embraceth all the things Thou hast created or wilt create,

and Thy celestial might transcendeth whatsoever Thou hast called or wilt call into being.

There is none to be worshiped but Thee, there is none to be desired except Thee,

 there is none to be adored besides Thee and there is naught to be loved save Thy good-pleasure.


Verily, Thou art the supreme Ruler, the Sovereign Truth, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

- The Báb


 
O Lord my God! Assist Thy loved ones to be firm in Thy Faith, to walk in Thy ways,

 to be steadfast in Thy Cause. Give them Thy grace to withstand the onslaught of self and passion,

to follow the light of divine guidance. Thou art the Powerful, the Gracious,

the Self-Subsisting, the Bestower, the Compassionate, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful.


- 'Abdu'l-Bahá



O Thou, my God! Who guidest the seeker to the pathway that leadeth aright,

 Who deliverest the lost and blinded soul out of the wastes of perdition,

Thou Who bestowest upon the sincere great bounties and favors,

Who guardest the frightened within Thine impregnable refuge, Who answerest, from Thine all-highest horizon,

the cry of those who cry out unto Thee.


Praised be Thou, O my Lord! Thou hast guided the distracted out of the death of unbelief,

and hast brought those who draw nigh unto Thee to the journey's goal,

 and hast rejoiced the assured among Thy servants by granting them their most cherished desires,
 
and hast, from Thy Kingdom of beauty,

opened  before the faces of those who yearn after Thee the gates of reunion,

and hast rescued them from the fire of deprivation and loss

- so that they hastened unto Thee and gained Thy presence,

and arrived at Thy welcoming door, and received of gifts an abundant share.


O my Lord, they thirsted, Thou didst lift to their parched lips the waters of reunion.

O Tender One, Bestowing One, Thou didst calm their pain with the balm of Thy bounty and grace,

and didst heal their ailments with the sovereign medicine of Thy compassion.

O Lord, make firm their feet on Thy straight path, make wide for them the needle's eye,

and cause them, dressed in royal robes, to walk in glory for ever and ever.


Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Ever-Forgiving, the Precious, the Most Bountiful.

There is none other God but Thee, the Mighty, the Powerful, the Exalted, the Victorious.


- 'Abdu'l-Bahá



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